Archive for October 2007

Government & Multilateral Initiatives

Government & Multilateral Initiatives The fight against counterfeit medicines is a global one, involving many governmental and inter-governmental organizations. This page provides a guide to those organizations. If you would like to add an initiative to this page, please contact us. World Health Organization Counterfeit medicines. Fact Sheet No. 275. Updated February 2006. General Information…

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Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Patients and providers need to be on alert and aware of the real risks associated with online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines. Learn about counterfeit medicines in order to avoid, detect, and report them. You can minimize your risk of getting a counterfeit medicine, and you can also fight back by reporting these cases to the…

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Finding Cheaper and Safe Drugs

  Safe Options for Buying Rx Drugs Patients should not compromise their health and safety in the search for cheaper medicines. There are several safe channels if you need help paying for medicines that don’t put you at risk for counterfeit drugs. For example: Check with your provider to see if there is a generic…

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Counterfeit Drugs In the News

  New Report Warns 14 Types of Counterfeit Artesunate are Circulating in SE Asia The Wellcome Trust recently updated its report on counterfeit Artesunate, an anti-malarial medicine made by Guilin Pharma. Although Artesunate bears a hologram for security, multiple counterfeit forms of this hologram have been discovered and identified. According to the report’s author: “Although,…

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Nigeria: Dangers of Drug Counterfeiting

"The problem of counterfeit drugs and other regulated products is rapidly rearing its ugly head in developed countries and this is fueled by purchase of drugs via the internet. The negative impact of counterfeit drugs and other regulated products knows no boundaries. Resistant strains of micro-organisms do not need visa to travel from country to…

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Partnership for Safe Medicines Commends New Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 24, 2007) — The Partnership for Safe Medicines commends yesterday's announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative of a new six-country Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The purpose of ACTA is to step up enforcement efforts against international counterfeiters.

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Counterfeit Drugs, Killing

Many compelling reasons present themselves to oppose the spread of counterfeit drugs. Fakes represent theft of millions upon millions of dollars of value, undermine international protection of intellectual property, and its damage often redounds — unjustly — to pharmaceutical companies. And counterfeits kill. This article in The American, the magazine of the American Enterprise Institute,…

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As counterfeit medicines reach local chemists, are YOU at risk?

Like many men suffering from erectile dysfunction, Steven didn't tell anyone about his problem. The 44-year-old financial lawyer was too embarrassed. After months of making excuses to his wife, he decided to take action. But instead of going to see his doctor, he turned to the internet. "I felt ashamed," says Steven. "I know I…

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